I seem to have posted prematurely on Stephenson’s. This error is not without precedent. Stayed tuned for a full post on Stephenson’s — and much more as I embark on another Eastern North Carolina Tour de Barbecue … with biscuits! … and the 2020 Annual Best Shrimpburger survey. Continue reading Oops! I did it again!
I have been challenged by no less than Dan Kenney, a founder of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking and the Deep Fried Turkey King, to reveal my secret dry rub recipe. For those new to the world of barbecue, a dry rub is a mix of spices rubbed on the meat prior to cooking. Dan threw down the challenge in his blog, Coach4aday, which … Continue reading The Perfect Dry Rub Recipe
It’s not easy to socialize masked at six feet, and it’s nearly impossible to eat or drink while wearing a mask. I say nearly impossible because some folks — in New Orleans, of course — have designed a mask with a hole just large enough for a straw. The hole allows you to sip a drink, and there is a flap to cover the hole … Continue reading Socializing Safely During Lockdown
Every now and then — more often than I like — I mark the passing of one of the great pit masters or founders of barbecue places and other great restaurants. I did with another Bessemer place, then to remember Mr. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star. I think it’s important to recognize their contribution. The current lockdown of our country, though, has really brought to the … Continue reading Rest in Peace Mildred Dowdley, Bill Bryan, and Betty Fuller of Bessemer, Alabama
As regular readers know, this Blog is a great supporter of the Fine Arts. You will recall, for example, from this post about music and the visual arts. We celebrate all of those things that go into making a richer and fuller life, a life of movement from the shallows to the depths. Since everyone is sitting at home watching television all day anyway, as a … Continue reading New on the Blog — Our First Film Review
I just learned from my good friend, Fred Cooke, that the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, originally scheduled for May 17, has been moved to August 23, 2020, for obvious reasons. That should be a good time to head for some mountain air, and any time is a good time to eat barbecue. There’ll be some whole hog barbecue stars there, as well as music and … Continue reading Change of Date: The Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, Asheville, North Carolina
UPDATE: Their new place is open at 4700 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park. Try it! What a great place to get barbecue! I first went to 2fifty Texas as part of my duties with the Campaign for Real Barbecue to find places in the region that cook barbecue exclusively with wood or coals: no gas or electrical heat allowed. As part of my duties, I ate … Continue reading The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland
Birmingham, a major medical and research center outside Homewood, is home to not only great barbecue, but also some extraordinarily good fine dining. In 2018, Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill was chosen as the Best Restaurant in the United States by the James Beard Foundation, and he’s been member of the Foundation’s Hall of Fame since 2011. He also owns nearby Bottega and Bottega … Continue reading Gianmarco’s, Homewood, Alabama
Your lockdown preparations involved boxes and boxes of pasta, untold cans of tomatoes, and bags of potatoes, onions, and carrots — stuff that you can keep for a while. By now you really need to perk things up a bit. Do you have some garlic on hand? Good. And there’s a green pepper hidden in the fridge behind that wilted … what is that stuff? … Continue reading The World’s Best Sauce for Pasta
At last the clouds are lifting. One of the great Eastern North Carolina barbecue places is well on the way to re-opening. Here’s the latest, which I learned, naturally, via the excellent Barbecue Bros blog, which all y’all should follow. If you’ve never eaten there, or even it you have, read this. Despite it’s greatness, Wilber’s was struck down by the malignity the North Carolina … Continue reading Wilber’s to Re-open!